Innovation is Dead…Long Live Innovation!

Jul 10, 2014 in Posts with image by
Innovation is Dead…Long Live Innovation!

The desire to innovate is everywhere.  Even the biggest, traditional, conservative companies we’ve worked with are recognizing the need to “behave more like a startup” and innovate faster.  Lean startup, business model generation and other great approaches have provided a way to begin doing so for any type of organization.  Unfortunately, many companies are finding that it is not quite so easy…that their “fitness” might not be what it needs to be to innovate and benefit from it. Join me at the SF Lean Startup Circle – Corporate Intrepreneurship session on July 15, where I will be sharing real stories above the above challenges, and discussing ways we can begin to achieve organizational fitness for purpose.

Do our new technologies and approaches have the environment they need to be successful?

Do our new technologies and approaches have the environment they need to be successful?

Common examples of challenges include:

  • inability to directly reach out to customers, or to find ways to test new ideas in a low-risk way
  • fear cultures – of “failure,” or of changing direction, of learning (which implies not knowing all the answers)
  • inability to get innovative ideas to market quickly
  • many many more…




These challenges can be traced to a basic premise: that our organizations do not have the level of “fitness” they need to thrive in today’s increasingly-complex world.  The structures, culture, rules, and processes that have gotten us to where we are can prevent our development of new capabilities.

We will be exploring this topic further at the SF Lean Startup Circle – Corporate Intrepreneurship session on July 15.

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